While riding in the winter can be a challenge, it’s not impossible. For many of us, it just hurts too much to give up riding for a whole season. Rather than putting the bike in storage, think about prepping it for winter riding. Here are a few tips on how to keep your bike running this winter.
Get the Right Tires
Ordinary tires are best for winter riding. Forget those sticky racing tires. A set of ordinary tires will warm up faster on the road to give you better traction. Our suggestion is not to skimp on price; a quality set of ordinary tires with good tread will be your best defense on the road this winter.
Use Thinner Oil
Next time you change your oil, use a thinner variety. This could help winter performance and keep your bike running smoothly during the colder months. We suggest checking your owners manual to see what oil weights the manufacturer recommends.
Defend Against the Cold with Antifreeze
If your bike is water-cooled, you’ll definitely want to get some fresh antifreeze and check the hoses before your first winter ride. The last thing you need is radiator trouble in the middle of a brisk February ride.
Get the Proper Gear for You and Your Bike
Protecting yourself is even more important than protecting your bike. If you intend to hit the road this winter, you better make sure you have the right gear. You’ll want to have a windshield to protect against the cold winter wind. Handguards and heated grips can make the ride considerably more enjoyable as well. When it comes to clothing, don’t forget to layer. But be reasonable—it’s best to invest in a few quality pieces that will keep you warm and flexible rather than weighing yourself down too many bulky pieces.
Once you’ve got your bike and yourself geared up for the winter, you’re ready to hit the road. Please remember to keep a safe following distance and be extra cautious in slick conditions. Avoid ice and salt on the roads and head for home if the snow starts coming down. Here’s to safe, warm winter rides!
Sources: Ultimate Motorcycling and Bike Bandit. Photo courtesy of Flickr.